Stay happy and healthy
Mental Health and Well-Being
As we can see, it seems things are finally getting back to a new normal. Faculty and staff are coming back to their offices full time and students will be coming in for their classes in person again. Of course, this was the goal all along, but that does not mean there will not be stressors associated with this transition. Daily routines are going to change again and there will be a lot more social engagement. While some people are very excited about getting back to a new normal, it is important to recognize that this is not true for everyone. As we come back to campus, please be sure to practice empathy toward others.
Not everyone is looking forward to being back on campus - The reasons for this could be vast and every person has a unique viewpoint. A person's reluctance to return to campus does not have to mean push-back as long as we can acknowledge their feelings and move forward in a productive and supportive manner.
Many people are still uncomfortable in crowded spaces - Even if there are protocols in place, some people are still suffering from the anxiety associated with social gatherings due to the threat of COVID-19. It is important that you respect their fear and their space without judgement.
Not everyone wants to get the vaccine - Whether someone chooses to be vaccinated or not is their choice. Please be mindful of others’ feelings and fears regarding the vaccine in order to maintain a peaceful working environment.
Just because you feel a certain way doesn't mean everyone else feels the same - This is the basis for showing empathy. Just because you aren't fearful or anxious doesn't mean other people aren't feeling those things. Everyone's viewpoint is unique, and it is not up to you to be judgmental. Show kindness, support, and understanding to your peers and colleagues.
Not only should you be aware of the feelings of others around you, but be sure to check in with yourself as well. Again, this transition could be stressful for a variety of reasons. These stressors could lead to feelings of depression and anxiety if not handled properly, which is precisely why it is of critical importance to ask for help when needed. Mental Health Resources
Fitness and Nutrition
The Colvin and Seretean Wellness Centers are up and running! However, if you are still looking for ways to exercise from the comfort of your own home, we have plenty of options for you. Check out our variety of virtual group fitness classes and exercise library of over 80 workout moves demonstrated by our personal trainers!
Follow along with one of our Easy Eats recipes. Additonal healthy recipe options are available at Shape Your Future OK. If you find yourself in need of assistance or unable to provide groceries for yourself or your family during this time, please visit Our Daily Bread.
Healthy Stress Management Strategies
Due to the potential stress of an ever-changing environment, it is always a good idea to have healthy stress management practices in place. It can be very easy to go home, sit on the couch, and stress eat your favorite bag of chips after a long day at work. Instead, we would like to encourage you to try some more positive options for managing your stress. .
Get a little sunshine every day. Being outside in nature is a great way to boost your mood.
Go for walks or work out every day. Being physically active releases endorphins that help improve your mood.
Try healthy relaxation activities specific to you like taking a bath, listening to music, coloring, crafting, reading, etc.
Join us for Mindfulness Mondays, quick and easy mindfulness practices you can do at home!
These short videos will focus on different breathing and meditation techniques that are sure to help you start your week off on the right foot.
If you are interested in learning more about the vaccine, the different vaccine options, or where to get it University Health Services is a great resource, as well as the CDC. Talk to trusted loved ones or your personal physician if you are concerned or anxious about getting the vaccine. Make the best decision for you. Show empathy for those who may have made a different decision than you. Find out more about University Health Services’ vaccination information.